Associate in Science
The mission of the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Related Crime Investigations is to educate, train and develop students for entry-level positions in computer-related crime investigation or in similar careers in law enforcement or crime laboratories. The curriculum emphasizes the development of introductory knowledge of computer crimes, forensics, security consultation and auditing, and theories and ethics of computer criminal investigation, along with communication and critical thinking skills. The program has an applied focus on municipal, county, state, federal and corporate computer crime techniques using investigative concepts and tools.
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Related Crime Investigations is designed to prepare its graduates with entry-level skills for employment as Computer Related Crime Investigators, Computer Forensics Specialists, Security Consultants, or Security Auditors in law enforcement, public safety, and private security fields. The program provides computer related crime investigation coursework, technical skill proficiency, competency-based applied learning, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects needed to prepare students for careers in law, public safety, and security careers.
This new program is anticipated to grow along with the community’s needs to provide municipal, county, state, federal and corporate investigators with the latest techniques of modern computer crime investigation. See a program advisor for the most current information.
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General Education Coursework
Credit Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 45
Total Credit Hours: 60
Record of Conviction of a Crime
If the students enroll in an internship or cooperative education class and are seeking experience at a law enforcement agency or facility under Children and Family Services then a background check is performed by the law enforcement agency or facility, and the student may be denied employment (paid or non-paid) based on their criminal record.
In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:
- Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
- Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
- Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
- Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
- Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
- Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at bit.ly/FR-civic-lit-comp. Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
- Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
- Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
- Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.
The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at fscj.edu/transferservices or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at fscj.edu/transferguide.